Plume & Petal Lemon Drift
Plume & Petal Lemon Drift
Vodka / Plume & Petal Low / 20%
Plume & Petal Lemon Drift Vodka is infused with natural and refreshing flavors that open up like a crisp, cool citrus breeze. For time savored, not spent, Plume & Petal is a 20% ABV premium, gluten-free vodka infused with delicate fruits, botanicals, and flavors with just a hint of honey. Perfect poolside, at brunch, or for evenings with friends, Plume & Petal can be enjoyed as a refreshing spritz with club soda, an easy punch, or even easier, on ice.
While many booze drinkers who are trying to tone back their calorie and alcohol intake might turn to NA beers to dealcoholized wine, it is also possible these day to find spirits that are designs for the health-conscious out there. One of the spirits that is best-suited for this type of modification is vodka, as it doesn’t typically contain a large amount of sugar, and a reduction in alcohol shouldn’t theoretically effect the flavor profile too drastically.
Plume & Petal is a company out of Florida that has established itself a bit in this realm of lighter, healthier spirits. They have created a number of different vodka flavors that they market as “Light as a Feather.” All of these varieties are gluten-free and distilled six times, while containing no artificial sweeteners.
One setting where these types of toned down spirits might seem suitable is sipping throughout a warm summer day, perhaps on a beach or at a cookout. If you aren’t careful, the calories and the booze can really sneak up on you on a day like that when you lose count of how many glasses you’ve filled. Plume & Petal flavors like Cucumber Splash and Peach Wave are designed just for those days, as is the flavor that I decided to sample today. But as health-minded as this product is, the quality of the beverage is what matters in the end. So keep reading my Plume & Petal Lemon Drift review to find out how this infused vodka stands up.
Plume & Petal Lemon Drift Review
Plume & Petal is clearly putting a lot of effort into their presentation. The bottle has a beautiful front label featuring golden feathers floating down from the top. The font is elegant, and the seal on the cork is reminiscent of a top-shelf spirit.
The back of the label contains a wealth of information. It explains that this vodka is infused with natural fruit, botanicals, and tea, with just a hint of honey. The label also tells us that there are just 85 calories and 8.2 grams of carbs per serving. This is a considerable amount fewer than vodkas with a higher abv. There is even a recipe for a refreshing drink that they call a Spa Day Spritz.
On first glance, this vodka is just as translucent as a traditional version, but when I poured it into a glass I was able to spot some minuscule particulates, perhaps flavoring elements that are added after the distillation process is completed. The aromas that come across are both pleasant and about what you would expect after seeing the description on the label.
The lemon comes through great on the nose to go with the name and all of the golden flourishes on the bottle, and the hints of tea and botanical are both present as you dig a little bit deeper. There is also that faint alcohol smell that you get from a traditional vodka. The nose definitely doesn’t give away the fact that we are working with a lower alcohol content. So far, this vodka looks beautiful and smells beautiful, but of course what really matters is the taste. So let’s see what comes through upon tasting and find an answer to the question, “Is Plume & Petal Lemon Drift good?”
Is Plume & Petal Lemon Drift Good?
My first decision was to sample this spirit on ice. On the rocks is not typically the way that I enjoy vodka, but I wanted to take in the complete untainted flavor profile, and I figured that the fruity elements and toned down abv would make it enjoyable enough. I was correct in that assumption.
By its own on ice, it tastes almost like a lemony cocktail. I don’t get as much of the botanical flavors on the tongue as there were on the nose, but the hints of tea do come through nicely. The lemon is still dominant, of course, but it is not even close to being overly sweet or tart or too much of anything really. It is really a delightfully balanced level.
The mouthfeel is really solid, not at all watered down, which can be a concern with this type of drink. The finish is more crisp and clean than I would have anticipated. This is a big plus for me personally, and the tiny amount of lingering lemon is pleasant as well.
I tried a few sips neat, and the spirit stands up there as well, the lemon coming through expectedly stronger but still sharp and leveled out. The drink recipe on the back of the bottle is a 2:1 pour of club soda to spirit. I sampled that as well, and while it is refreshingly tasty, it dampens down the vodka a tad more than I would like. I think a 1:1 ratio is actually more suitable.
When arriving at a Plum & Petal Lemon Drift rating, I must take into account how much I enjoyed the drink, as well as if it’s accomplishing the goals that it set out to meet. Spoiler alert, but it is going to grade highly in both areas. Finish reading to find out how highly.
Plume & Petal Lemon Drift Rating
I will admit that I am not typically a connoisseur of flavored vodkas. Any sort of fruity flavoring added to a spirit usually has too much sugar content for me personally and also dilutes the characteristics of the spirit itself. Of course, when you come upon a spirit company that is tailoring their product to the healthier and lighter, it should be expected that there will be none of that syrupy sugar to weigh down the beverage. Even knowing that going in, I was delighted to discover just how light Lemon Drift ended up being and how well the flavor elements balanced out the sharpness of the alcohol that was still present.
I truly can’t imagine any way in which this spirit could be improved upon for what its intended goal is. For this reason, I am compelled to wrap up this Plume & Petal Lemon Drift review by giving it the highest grade of 5 out of 5 stars. I very much look forward to sampling the other varieties that Plume & Petal has to offer.
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